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November 17, 2014
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Japanese animation master
accepts honorary Oscar
By Sandy Cohen
AP Entertainment Writer
OS ANGELES — Hayao
Miyazaki is retiring from
feature filmmaking, but the
73-year-old writer, director, and
animator says he’ll make movies for
the rest of his life.
An Oscar winner for his 2002 film
Spirited Away, Miyazaki accepted an
honorary Academy Award at the film
Actress Maureen O’Hara, screen-
writer Jean-Claude Carriere, and
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
winner Harry Belafonte also received
honorary Oscar statuettes at the
“It’s an honor to receive this
award,” Miyazaki said through a
translator, but mentioned that the
trip to the United States from his
native Japan was “a bit of a
bothersome thing for me ...”
What he prefers to do is draw,
write, and tell stories, though doing
so in a feature-length format has
become physically challenging, he
“It became very difficult for me to
concentrate for such a long time that
it takes to make a whole film, to
concentrate that much,” he said. “I
loved making feature-length films to
be shown in theaters and making
animation films, and my thought was
to hand that over to the next
Now he’s turning his attention to
animated shorts to be shown at the
Ghibli Museum he designed and
founded in Japan.
“One of the good points of making
such short films is that I don’t have to
worry about it having financial
success,” he said. “The people who
come to the museum are forced to see
this film when they go into the little
theater there. So even if it’s a little bit
boring, they’ll probably sit through it
and not raise a fuss.”
Miyazaki’s feature-film credits
include 2013’s The Wind Rises and
5 kg, 2 teeth
BEIJING (AP) — The world’s only surviving giant
panda triplets were reportedly doing well as they turned
100 days old.
Each weighs more than 5 kilograms (11 pounds), up
from just over 100 grams at birth. They started teething at
around 80 days old and have two small teeth each. They
are also taking turns living with their mother.
Chime Long Safari Park general manager Dong Guixin
says physical exams show the current health of the cubs is
Early this month, the cubs were displayed to visitors for
limited times at their home in Guangzhou, the capital of
south China’s Guangdong province.
The park says four births of panda triplets have been
recorded, but in each of the previous instances, at least
one cub died due to physical defects or being underweight.
Photo courtesy of Studio Ghibli
TOOTHSOME TRIO. Visitors take photos of the panda triplet cubs
in the Chime Long Safari Park in Guangzhou in south China’s Guangdong
province. Keepers responsible for looking after the world’s only surviving
set of giant panda triplets said the cubs were doing well as they cele-
brated turning 100 days old earlier this month. The triplets born at Chime
Long are reportedly the fourth case of panda triplets ever recorded. (AP
Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
SWITCHING TO SHORTS. Filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki arrives at the sixth annual Governors
Awards at the Hollywood and Highland Center on November 8, 2014 in Los Angeles. Miyazaki is re-
tiring from feature filmmaking, but the 73-year-old writer, director, and animator says he’ll make
movies for the rest of his life. The bottom photo features a scene from Spirited Away, a film that
earned Miyazaki an Oscar.
2005’s Howl’s Moving Castle, both of
which earned Oscar nominations,
along with 2008’s Ponyo and 1997’s
Short films hold more appeal for
him now, allowing him to pursue
ideas he’d set aside to make features.
“That makes me very happy,” he
said. “I will continue to make
animation work until I die.”
The Academy of Motion Picture
Arts and Sciences established the
Governors Awards in 2009 to
recognize recipients of honorary
untelevised dinner ceremony will be
included in the 2015 Academy
Awards telecast in February.
ASIA SUMMIT. Myanmar President Thein Sein, right, gestures after
shaking hands with U.S. President Barack Obama ahead of the 9th East
Asia summit plenary session at the Myanmar International Convention
Center in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on Thursday, November 13, 2014.
(AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
World leaders wrap
up Asia summit
By Esther Htusan
The Associated Press
AYPYITAW, Myanmar — U.S. President Barack
Obama and other world leaders who gathered in
Myanmar (also known as Burma) to discuss
issues ranging from rival claims over the South China Sea
to threats posed by the Ebola virus offered tepid
expressions of concern and no firm commitments.
But some experts still say it was more than just a
While agendas and the outcomes are usually reached
months in advance, Panithan Wattanayagorn, a professor
at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University, said such
meetings “allow heads of state to meet directly and
exchange ideas, to prioritize and reflect on them.”
Much of it is about showing unity,” he said, and building
Millions of dollars are spent hosting Association of
Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the East Asia
summits, which were held back-to-back on November 12
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